represent their constituents and their values but do it in a more compromising way. >> well, yeah, that's the idea. you acknowledge not everybody in the country voted for you, and therefore, you'll try to incorporate other sides. and i genuinely reject the idea of mandate. in a highly specific way, this was a mandate. obama campaigned on a very specific thing. to address it, you need to raise income tax rates on those over $250,000. he campaigned on that, won on that. that is a clear mandate we can say came out of this. >> all right, then. >> well, one thing i would say is i actually don't buy that much into the idea of mandates in general either, but if there is any mandate out of this collection, it has to be that we actually have a working, functional government. you know, if you look at congressional approval ratings, which have been rock bottom, i think voters, first and foremost, just want to see people be able to get things done. >> yeah, i think there was quite a clear mandate sent. the president won a decisive victory.